Are We Talking About The Same Eucalyptus?

There are a number of oils that are not clearly identified by their common names such as eucalyptus and chamomile. A little trackback to some secondary school (high school) biology should ring a little bell reminding us that in the plant kingdom, there are many species and subspecies of a particular plant. Saying ‘eucalyptus’ alone doesn’t help to identify the specific plant source.

For eucalyptus alone, there are hundreds of its varieties in existence around the world. Each variety has its own chemical composition which, when produced, creates hundreds of unique essential oils with different composition and therefore, different pharmacological effects. They would, of course, be used for various ailments. Here are a few examples:

  • Eucalyptus radiata – known for its high terpene alcohol content – great antiviral agent.
  • Eucalyptus dives – known for its ketone content – great mucolytic (especially in combination with Eucalyptus radiata).
  • Eucalyptus citriodora – known for its aldehyde content – reliable sedative.

When speaking of essential oils, correct terminology and specification of the plant source is extremely important in understanding its correct aromatherapeutic use.

Eucalyptus globulus

  1. i love it

    • Divine Lunacy & AromaticRamblns
    • January 22nd, 2012

    You said it, many people just assume that Lavender is just Lavender or Eucalyptus is just Eucalyptus, but there are subtle differences when it comes to their therapeutic properties. Eucalyptus globulus is best suited for sinus conditions, and as you said Eucalyptus dives is a good mucolytic for chest conditions, and Eucalyptus radiata is great when diffused into the environment to help control spread of viruses.

  2. Well done, Amy. In our way we would say that each of these eucalyptus has its own song, and therefore are not confusable at all…although relatives, cousins. It’s actually critical to know what you’re using which one for, eh?
    Wado, thank you for making this distinction available through your work, and much success to you in the future.

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